Dental Crowns


Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A dental crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Dental Crowns are sometimes also known as ‘Caps’. An ‘Anterior Crown’ is a term used to describe a crown fitted to the front eight teeth. Dental crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of damaged teeth or worn teeth.

 

Why would I need a dental crowns ?

Porcelain dental crowns

  1. A natural tooth may have broken and restoring it with a filling is not possible
  2. To prevent a tooth breaking (which has been weakened by a large filling)
  3. You may have discolored fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth.
  4. A tooth which has been root treated will need a crown to protect it.
  5. You may have had an accident and damaged the tooth.It may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.

 

 

Does it hurt to have a teeth prepared for a dental crowns ?

Gold dental crowns on molar teeth

No. A local anesthetic is used and the preparation should feel no different from a filling. If the tooth does not have a nerve, and a post dental crown is being prepared, then local anesthetic may not be needed

 

 

 

How long will dental crowns last ?

dental crowns in position

The life of a dental crown will depend on how well it is looked after.The dental crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. It is very important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth, or decay could endanger the crown. Properly cared for crowns will last for many years – your dentist will be able to tell you how long.

 

 

 

Will the crown feel different ?

Anterior dental crowns

Because the shape of the crown will be slightly different from the shape of your tooth before it was crowned, you may be aware of it to begin with. Within a few days it should feel fine, and you will not notice it. The crown may need some adjustment if it feels higher than the surrounding teeth. If it is at all uncomfortable ask your dentist to check and adjust it.

 

Crowns on implants

Different types of dental crowns can be used on dental implants, namely cement retained crowns or screw retained crowns can be used .

For more information about Dental Crowns feel free to Contact Brighton Implant Clinic or Call us on 0844 815 1414.

Written by Bruno Silva

Dr Bruno Silva is a clinical director at the Brighton Implant Clinic. Dr Silva graduated from WITS Dental School in 2000. After moving to the UK he worked in practices in London and Brighton. He has been placing dental implants since 2003 and has since completed MClinDent masters degree from Kings College London.

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